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Sex gets complicated during the pandemic

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Many people are reporting challenges in their sex lives and relationships, according to early findings from an ongoing study on sex and relationships in the time of Covid-19 undertaken by Indiana University's Kinsey Institute.

Many people are reporting challenges in their sex lives and relationships, according to early findings from the ongoing Sex and Relationships in the Time of Covid-19 study undertaken by Indiana University's Kinsey Institute, which researches issues related to gender, sexuality and reproduction.

"Some people reported their sex lives and romantic lives had improved and were reporting their relationships were better and stronger than ever," he said.

Some 14% said their sex lives had improved, he said, and 23% reported their relationship was in a better place.

"Even though we've been together for so many years, it just hasn't felt like it used to, when we both wanted to be having sex," said Tiffany, 29, who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons.

"Some people are so stressed they've just kind of folded up their tents about sex, they don't want to do it," said Wiley, whose book, "Love in the Time of Corona," shares tips for reconnecting sexually and emotionally in troubling times.

"The sex may not have increased significantly in terms of frequency, but the intimacy definitely has," said Curley, adding that the couple took the opportunity to "push some sexual boundaries together in a way we might not otherwise have found the time or energy to do. "

The Kinsey study backs him up, with one in five people trying at least one new sexual activity since the pandemic began, said Lehmiller, including things like trying a new sexual position, sexting or sending nude photos and sharing or acting on sexual fantasies.

"This period in time has been a sexual revolution for many people," he said, adding that people who are trying new things were three times more likely than those who aren't to report improvements in their sex lives.

For single people considering new relationships during the pandemic, feelings of isolation are often compounded with health concerns about Covid-19, said Jenni Skyler, a certified sex therapist and director of The Intimacy Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

I need sex, I want to be in a relationship and who knows how long this will last," Bryant said.

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